Apr 3, 2014

DIY Flea Collar Using Essential Oils!

Apr
3
2014
Thursday

DIY Flea Collar Essential Oils




It has been a little over a year now since I jumped into the world of essential oils.

I haven’t regretted that decision one bit (actually, my only regret is not looking into it more 8 years ago when I first heard about Young Living) and I’m excited about sharing “oily” ideas with you guys!

For our family, essential oils have replaced our air fresheners, our cleaning solutions, and even our medicine cabinet.

Detox Your Home

Like many others, we have used essential oils to detox our home, and I’m thrilled to share with you something new that we’ll be doing to keep harmful chemicals off of our new family member… Rosie!  Isn’t she adorable?!?  That’s her at the top of this post.

She’s a lab mix that we got from the animal shelter and y’all… we had no idea what we were getting into with a lab.

But she’s learning quickly, and while she definitely has her crazy moments, she’s a really good dog that we are just thrilled to have (except for those times that she’s pulling on the kids’ clothes to try to get them to play with her – we haven’t figured out how to break that habit yet so tips are very appreciated).  :)

Since we’re new to the pet world, I’ve been doing a lot of reading and research about pets and one of the things that disturbed me was just how controversial the chemicals in flea collars are.

Here’s what Organic Gardening said about a recent report from the National Resources Defense Council….

“many name-brand collars on store shelves contain chemicals that can harm pets and their owners, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) isn’t doing anything to stop them.

The report honed in on two particular chemicals, tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP) and propoxur, used on national brands of flea collars, including Hartz and Zodiac. TCVP belongs to the class of nerve-damaging chemicals known as organophosphates, most of which are so hazardous that they’ve been banned for residential use or for use on pets. Propoxur belongs to a class of chemicals called carbamates, which also cause nerve damage, and it’s on California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer. NRDC was particularly concerned with exposure among toddlers and children, who pet animals and then put their hands in their mouths.” Source: Organic Gardening

Those chemicals are definitely not something I feel good about having on our dog, much less around our kids who are playing with her and petting her!

So instead, I did a little research and found an awesome recipe for a flea collar made with essential oils! This recipe is from The Complete Book Of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Anne Worwood.

DIY Flea Collar With Essential Oils



You can also use essential oils in a spray bottle as a flea repellent!

Just mix 1/2 cup of distilled water, a drop or two of Thieves soap or castille soap, and 8-16 drops (total) of your preferred essential oils that fleas hate.

Here’s a list of flea-repelling oils:

Eucalyptus radiata, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree), Lemongrass, Pine, Cedarwood, Peppermint, Lemon, Lavender, Orange, Melrose, Palo Santo, Thyme, and Citronella.

If you’re new to essential oils, what might be best is to start off with the Purification essential oil blend that’s in the Premium Essential Oils Starter Kit. Purification contains citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, Melaleuca alternifolia, lavender, and myrtle so there are several of the flea-repelling oils in there.

If you’d like to jump into the world of essential oils with me, then you can read about how to sign up in this post here!

Click here to see how to get a premium starter kit!

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  1. I was wondering…does this mixture seem to prevent ticks as well as fleas?

    • Great question!

      There are a few different oils for tick prevention, but there is definitely some overlap (like the Purification blend) in the oils known to be repulsive to ticks.

      Tick repelling oils:

      Geranium, Rosewood, Thyme, Grapefruit, Oregano, Myrrh, Palo Santo, and the Purification blend

      Oils for tick REMOVAL:

      Palo Santo, Peppermint, Cinnamon Bark, Oregano, Thyme, Purification blend

      For tick removal, just put a drop of your preferred oil on the tick and wait for it to release its grip.

  2. Any suggestions on using essential oils for a tick collar?

    • Great question!

      For ticks, I’d go with the spray instead of a collar, especially if we lived in an area that had a tick problem.

      There are a few different oils for tick prevention, but there is definitely some overlap (like the Purification blend) in the oils known to be repulsive to ticks.

      Tick repelling oils:

      Geranium, Rosewood, Thyme, Grapefruit, Oregano, Myrrh, Palo Santo, and the Purification blend

      Oils for tick REMOVAL:

      Palo Santo, Peppermint, Cinnamon Bark, Oregano, Thyme, Purification blend

      For tick removal, just put a drop of your preferred oil on the tick and wait for it to release its grip.

  3. Suzzane says:

    Question, does it bother the dogs senses with the oils? I worry about garlic and citris sense?

  4. Robin Evenson says:

    I love EOs! As far as correcting the dog behavior, correct them like their mother would do, with a growl or bite. Make a deep grrrr or buuhhh sound and gentle remove them from what you don’t want them to do, or gently but firmly grab them by the scruff of their neck.

  5. Just started as a distributor with YoungLiving essential oils…They are great. Pure oil, no fillers or carrier oil. Thank you for the tip on the flea collar. We will be putting it on Mikey, asap.

  6. Hi! Thanks for the great info but I would like to know if this could be also used on cats.
    Thanks so much!

  7. love your site

  8. Thank you for the info.
    I have used a simple tea on my dog
    For about 5 years and it works fine.
    I boil some water with a whole lime
    Or lemon cut in half, I squeeze the
    The juice in the water
    Boil for about 10 to 15 minutes and let it cool.
    And then transfer the tea to a big spray water
    Bottle and I spray on my dog all over his
    Body every time he goes out.
    But I will try your mixture of oils too.
    Thank you!

  9. DeAnne Nicholson says:

    Can you use this for a cat, as well?

  10. NO…please never use an essential oil on cats. It is very toxic for them and can do a lot of harm. As far as dogs goes we have a lab puppy as well and if you didn’t mention Rosie’s name you could have been describing our little Stella. She has brought so much fun and frustration into our lives and we love her dearly for it.

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